Amir Khan lost to Canelo Alvarez in devastating fashion just a few weeks ago but already questions need to be asked about his future in the sport of boxing.
The Bolton fighter has now lost four times in his career and clearly faces a tough task in returning to somewhere near the pinnacle of the fighting world.
Whilst Khan's name hasn't been tarnished by the loss to Canelo, his stature in the game is arguably not as great as he perceives it to be.
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The 29-year-old seems to regard himself as the premier man to face in his division, as seen by his dismissive attitude towards Kell Brook, whilst his peers don't share the same sentiment.
Khan has repeatedly attempted to undermine Brook and refuses to negotiate a fight on level terms in relation to the financial side of things, even though his compatriot is a world champion and would possibly enter the bout as the favourite.
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Brook is moving on and seeking bigger and better things in a unification fight with Jessie Vargas, and if Khan cannot find himself a big name opponent in the meantime, it may be the Bolton fighter who suddenly seeks out the IBF's champion.
Though Khan is the mandatory challenger for Danny Garcia's WBC title, it is not clear whether this fight will take place anytime soon as Garcia has already faced Khan and knocked him out in emphatic fashion and may look elsewhere before facing the Britain.
Garcia indicated that he would take the fight but warned Khan that it would not be wise on his part, saying:
"Amir Khan wants to be one of the best fighters but the reality is it's a dumb decision, getting knocked out then fight the person who knocked him out before that.
"It could happen. It's up to him, if he wants to do it, I am down for whatever. I am the champion so I have to defend my title and he is the number one challenger, so that's what we have to do."
The reality for Khan is that another loss to Garcia may well be the end of the road for him, and the Philadelphia-born champion would certainly be the overwhelming favourite for a rematch considering what occurred in their previous fight and his performances since then.
Getting back in the ring with a renowned puncher straight after a crushing knockout defeat may not be the smartest idea and if Khan truly wants this rematch it may be better for him to have a bridge fight to ease him back into things.
His reputation is not what it once was and the other title holders in the welterweight division are all occupied in the coming months, so it is not likely he would be able to go straight back in at world level other than facing Garcia.
Two potential fights that would regain Khan some standing in the division and also test him at the same time would be Robert Guerrero or Andre Berto, who are both looking to do similar things and get back on world title course.
Both men are former Floyd Mayweather victims and are looking to rebuild after recent losses, with Guerrero going down to Garcia in January and Berto having just had the one fight against Victor Ortiz since his loss in Mayweather's final fight.
Khan would be able to see where he is at in the division with either of these fights, and win or lose, he could decide his future in the sport. The harsh truth for Khan is that any further losses in his career would likely spell the end, especially as his shaky chin tends to leave him lying on the canvas when he does lose.
The knockout at the hands of Canelo was devastating and he needs to take some time out to recover before he enters any fight no matter who it may be against. His health is paramount and another knockout could do serious damage to him.
The road ahead is blurry and uncertain for the former two-weight world champion but his name is still a big one in the boxing world and there will be opportunities for him he must just choose his path with care.
Whilst the Garcia fight may be the most lucrative in the short term, it could also end his career. Taking a bout with men like Berto and Guerrero who are facing similar questions about their own careers, whilst still dangerous, may be the better option for Khan at this moment in time.
Calls for him to retire now are justified but his hunger is evidently still there and as long as he has his health, Khan should fight on for the time being.
Nobody wants to see Khan being forced to leave the sport after yet another brutal stoppage and there is a very real danger of that if he takes the Garcia fight in the immediate future.
Time and patience are what is needed in his camp and with the right choices, he can rebound and become a world champion again.
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